Evelyn Slone, AICP, LEED, AP

Hill Studio, Senior Fellow

  • Senior Fellow, Hill Studio - Roanoke, Virginia

  • Retired Director of Community Planning (2003-2017, Hill Studio) 

  • Former Director of Planning, Building and Development (City of Roanoke, Virginia)

Over her 35-year career in local government and private practice, Evie has positively influenced the growth and livability of over 50 metropolitan and rural communities throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. During the last 15 years with Hill Studio, she directed the development of user-friendly, tailored comprehensive plans and downtown revitalization plans using hands-on, collaborative approaches to create illustrative, strategic plans that engage multiple partners for implementation. Each of these plans use asset-based planning methods to strengthen the community’s unique sense of place, guide future public investment, encourage public-private partnerships, and identify economic opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Chuck D'Aprix

Downtown Economics, Principal

​Chuck D'Aprix is one of North America's foremost experts on the economic revitalization of downtowns and traditional commercial districts. Called by one newspaper "a man of no small enthusiasms" and "indefatigable" by another, he has been a ground breaker and disrupter in the field of local economic development for three decades now. His approach to community revitalization is perhaps best summed up by former Vice President, Al Gore, who said, “Chuck D'Aprix is not tethered to the same old way of developing a local economy but is a man of new ideas and innovations — he is the type of person cities need."

Chuck has consulted in over 300 communities, spoken to countless professional organizations, advised governmental leaders, written for professional journals, appeared on radio/TV, and lectured college classes.


He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Resource Center in his Richmond, Virginia neighborhood. He serves on the Board of the Greater Fulton Business Association in Richmond and chairs the anti-litter program in the Greater Fulton neighborhood. He has been active in the American Planning Association, the National Main Street Center, The Congress for New Urbanism and CEOs for Cities.


Chuck holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Rose; a master's degree from Syracuse University in journalism & communications; and a master's degree in Management from Lesley University. 


Amanda G. Adams, AIA

CJMW Architecture, Architect

Anna Bentson

City of Lynchburg, Assistant Director of Economic Development

David Cook

Lynchburg District VDOT, Transportation Planner

Rachel Frischeisen

City of Lynchburg, Planner

Philipp Gabathuler, AICP

Region 2000 Local Government Council, Urban Planner

Dan Hague

Entrepeneur & Developer

David Malewitz

City of Lynchburg, Parking Manager

Tom Martin, AICP

City of Lynchburg's Department of Community Development, City Planner

Anne Leslie Nygaard, AICP

City of Lynchburg, Planner

Dorie D. Smiley

(Lynchburg) Academy Center of the Arts, Construction Liaison

Kim Soerenson

Riverviews Artspace, Executive Director

James Stephen Talian, PE

City of Lynchburg's Department of Water Resources, Chief Engineer

Heather Zippel

Downtown Lynchburg Association, Development Coordinator

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